Upcoming Event

Anna Motz at Harvard Book Store


If Love Could Kill:
The Myths and Truths of Women
Who Commit Violence

in conversation with CAROL GILLIGAN


February 14, 2024
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes forensic psychologist, and psychotherapist ANNA MOTZ for a discussion of her new book If Love Could Kill: The Myths and Truths of Women Who Commit Violence. She will be joined in conversation by CAROL GILLIGAN—author of In a Different Voice.

About If Love Could Kill

Women can be murderers and child abusers. They can commit acts of extreme and sadistic brutality. And those who do, are outcasts from society and from womanhood itself. They are seen as monsters and angels of death: and must be kept at a safe distance.

Anna Motz is a renowned clinical and forensic psychologist in London and New York. Writing with candor, compassion, and a clear-eyed perspective, she explores in depth the shockingly underexamined psychological underpinnings of female violence. Far from the heartless and inhuman monsters we might believe them to be, these women are often victims of a culture of violence and emotional trauma.

Already hailed as a landmark, Motz's daring book, bursting with humanity, makes clear that women’s violence is more widespread than most realize, that these acts of violence expose deeply held, centuries-old beliefs about women and their value, and that these acts demand to be taken more seriously as a distinctive societal taboo that can—and must—be brought into the light.

Praise for If Love Could Kill

“Extraordinary . . . A visceral assault on the senses and rebuts almost everything that we have come to believe about women who kill and commit the most appalling of violent crimes.” —David Wilson, author of My Life with Murderers

“A powerful read, which is moving in its compassion and hopeful in its message that it is possible to break the connection between trauma and violence.” —Gwen Adshead, author of The Devil You Know

Mask Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Anna Motz
Anna Motz

Anna Motz

Anna Motz was born in Oxford, England, and raised in New York City. She received a degree in psychology from Oxford University. She lives and works in Oxfordshire as a consultant clinical, forensic psychologist, and psychotherapist for Central and North West London NHS Trust, providing specialist consultation, assessment and treatment for high-risk women, in partnership with His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. Motz is a member of the Advisory Board for Female Offenders, under the U.K. Ministry of Justice.

Photo Credit: David Fisher

Carol Gilligan
Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan is best known as the author of In a Different Voice, “the little book that started a revolution.” Her other books include The Birth of Pleasure, Why Does Patriarchy Persist? (with Naomi Snider), and most recently, In a Human Voice. At Harvard, she held the university’s first chair in gender studies, at the University of Cambridge she was a visiting Pitt Professor, and she is currently University Professor at New York University, where she initiated the Radical Listening Project. In 1996, Time Magazine named her one of the 25 most influential Americans.


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